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Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective (CPPAC) is a non-profit organization serving greater St. Johns and surrounding north Portland communities. CPPAC offers music, theatre arts, and dance classes, ensembles, and workshops that convey principles of self-determination.

CPPAC operates on the belief that self-determination, a sense of freedom and motivation to do what is interesting, personally important, and vitalizing, is instrumental to the creative process and a key component to achieving one’s goals.

Through passion, practice, and the art of performance, life-long learners at every stage can enjoy the benefits of the arts through our programming at CPPAC. From our Early Stages Music & Movement classes to our Adult Improv classes, we strive to offer engaging classes for everyone with ample opportunities to showcase skills and growth through community performances. Great emphasis is placed on performance, as performing is a powerful learning tool and an effective means towards a healthier spiritual, academic, and social life. It requires effective communication, collaboration, and respect of the process of creating something together.

CPPAC believes that empowering the individual leads to active and engaged participants in the group process. As the demands of work and family require that we function in the context of a group, our classes and workshops teach specific skills necessary for future success. Again, performance is our avenue to teach these invaluable life skills.


Interested in joining our team of teaching artists?

Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective is currently looking for a Marimba instructor to join our educational team. Please click the button below to learn more about this teaching opportunity.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, three professional references, and resume to:

Our Staff and Instructors
Cristina Marino

Cristina Marino is the Executive Director of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective and a co-founder of the organization. She was born and raised in Oregon and began playing the violin and performing in musicals at age 10.

During high school Cristina began formal voice lessons and played violin in various chamber orchestras including the Corvallis Youth Symphony.  She continued to develop her performance skills through musical theater and voice competitions.  Cristina continued her music study at Lewis & Clark College, performing with the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra and in multiple opera and musical theater productions.

At 24 years old, she worked her way through Portland State University for her Bachelors of Music.  She received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance.   Since returning to Portland, she performs in and around the Northwest.

Her performances have included roles in operas, musicals, plays, and a short film.  She keeps herself active with ongoing solo and collaborative recitals and is passionate about contemporary and early music.  Locally, she has performed with Clackamas Repertory Theater, Mocks Crest Productions, and Opera Theater Oregon.  Cristina is currently a chorus member with Portland Opera.

Cristina can’t help but spread the love of music to her students and has often been told that her enthusiasm is infectious.  She is proud to participate in the ongoing goals of a sustainable and economically viable St. Johns community for all.

Victoria Spelman
Victoria is so excited to be teaching at the Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. A Las Vegas native, Victoria received her B.A. in stage and screen acting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has worked in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Skagway, Alaska in both theatre and film. She recently studied at the Dell’arte School of Physical Theatre where she trained in clown, mime, and commedia dell’arte. She is an absolute goofball who loves teaching yoga, going on walks, and eating ice cream.
John & Lentil
John Boelling has been living and working as a musician in Portland since 2002 and is excited to be directing the St. Johns Singers for the first time. In addition to choral directing, he teaches voice and performs with the Portland Opera Chorus. Trained as a Classical singer, John also loves to explore contemporary styles and plays piano, guitar and other instruments. John is the director of Amity, a treble choir at First Unitarian Church of Portland which he founded in 2011. He also leads a ukulele ensemble at First Unitarian Church, and has been the director of the West Hills UU Fellowship Choristers since 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Portland State University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. John lives in NE Cully with his wife Cynthia, daughter Greta, and dog, Lentil.
Tristan Boesch is an actor and teaching artist based in both the Portland and Los Angeles areas. Hungry to learn as much about the craft of acting as possible, he left his home for LA upon acceptance to the BFA program at CalArts. Tristan’s professional credits include ‘Good Boys’ (Pasadena Playhouse), ‘Comedy of Errors’ (Classical Theatre Lab), ‘But First a Parade’ (Siren Theater), ‘Roo’ (Imago), and ‘Daisy’ (Experience Theatre Project). Additionally, he has devised pieces touring to various schools in the Portland area. Tristan is passionate about theatre education in all forms. He is SAG-eligible and enjoys running around town with his King Charles, Ringo.
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Julie Collura, MM, MSW, LCSW, REAT

Julie is a social worker, musician, and expressive arts therapist. She believes everyone is innately creative, and each person has within them what they need to heal and change. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Oregon and Louisiana, and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

Julie uses a multi-arts, or intermodal, approach in individual and group therapy and facilitating. This means using movement, visual art, music, writing, and mindfulness as therapeutic tools to initiate healing and change. Since this work is based on the creative process and not the resulting product, no background or training in the arts is required to benefit.

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Marin Donohue is a Portland based theatre maker, actor, singer, and teaching artist. She recently graduated from George Fox University, where she received her BA in Theatre (Acting/Directing Concentration). Marin has a flare for musical theatre and a deep love for devising. She is thrilled to join the CPPAC team and is excited to work with young artists who share a passion for telling powerful stories and curiously creating!

She was most recently seen on The Broadway Rose Theatre Company stage as Susan in Snapshots and at George Fox University as Nancy in Oliver!

When not performing, Marin can be found in the garden, reading, or obsessing over her favorite playwright, Sarah Ruhl, and ALWAYS singing real high and real loud. Cheers!

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A native of New England, Pamela Goldsmith was first introduced to classical guitar by Joe Zuccala in Massachusetts.  His inspiration and guidance prepared her for her future as a student and teacher.  Since studying with Zuccala, Pamela has worked with Keith Crook at the University of Maine, Jeff Ashton and Bryan Johanson at Portland State University and Scott Kritzer in Portland, Oregon.

Pamela received her Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Portland State University, where she served as a graduate assistant teacher.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Studies from the University of Maine.

Pamela is Adjunct Guitar Professor at Linfield College where she teaches private, group and chamber classes.  Additionally, she maintains a private studio in Northwest Portland.  Pamela has performed at such venues as Harvard University, the International Pinot Noir Celebration, and The Old Church. She actively supports charitable causes such as the Spruce Run for Battered Women, the Women’s Inter-community AIDS Resource, and the Dougy Center.  She is active in the Pacific Northwest as a solo classical guitarist and collaborative performer.  Pamela is passionate about the history and vitality of the pieces in her repertoire.

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Hailing from southern California, Sofia is a singer, dancer, actor, and lifelong advocate for the performing arts. They first began performing alongside family at a community theatre in Irvine at age 7, and had stepped into leadership positions there by age 12. Sofia continued her performing career through her education, only to later take on the role of choreographer at their alma mater La Paz Intermediate School. Between their time performing with various companies across southern California, Sofia has been in over 70 productions. She is now living in the pacific northwest to study nursing and music at the University of Portland. Outside of school and work, Sofia can be found at the movies, in a national park, or dancing at any given concert.


Andy Perkins (he/him) was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and has lived in Portland for the past 2 years. He graduated with his BFA in Acting and Directing from Avila University and his MFA in Acting from Purdue University. As an actor, he has performed for Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival among others. As an improviser, he has taught and performed across the country at improv festivals in Detroit, Tampa, San Diego, Houston, Omaha, Kansas City, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, and Chicago. His favorite thing about improv is its ability to create connections and build confidence in a fun supportive environment and he’s very excited to help cultivate that feeling in his classroom at CCPAC!

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David brings 20 years experience to Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective as a musician and singer/songwriter and he has spent 10 years working with kids of all ages! David grew up in New York City and moved to Portland in 2017. He worked for four years as a Para-educator Special Education Support Worker at Roosevelt High School and is glad to be back in the St. Johns Community!

Wes Price

Wesley Price is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher and lover of music. He grew up in Olympia, WA, where he studied piano, guitar and voice for over a decade and began his career in music instruction. He moved to Walla Walla, WA in order to pursue a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition, which he completed in 2009. Wesley’s desire to continue learning about music brought him to Eugene, OR soon after, where he studied composition at the University of Oregon. He completed his M.Mus. degree in Composition in 2013.

Now comfortably settled in Portland, Wesley is thrilled to be teaching guitar & ukulele with Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. He also teaches glee club and ukulele classes at local elementary and middle schools in the Portland Public School District, in addition to private lessons in guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin and composition/songwriting. He prides himself on working with students of every age and experience level, from Pre-K children experiencing music for the first time to college music students honing their craft to retirees resurrecting long-dormant skills.

Although music instruction has become his primary focus, Wesley is still an active composer. His work has been featured on the national radio program Performance Today and has been performed by ensembles like the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Sospiro, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Convergence and Grammy Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez.

In his spare time, Wesley enjoys board games, flag football, rock climbing and cooking.


Anya Seidel is a music and theater educator from Portland. She is working toward a degree in Music Education. Her roots in theater go from summers in drama camps to pulling strings backstage. With a mix of on-stage and professional behind-the-scenes experience, Anya brings a unique atmosphere to her teaching. Specializing in acting and singing instruction, she’s all about passing on the technical know-how and a deep love for the performing arts. Join Anya in this creative adventure to explore the stage, one scene at a time!

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Azalie Thompson has always loved music and performing. At age 12, she found her love for dance and joined the dance troupe at The Aspire Project. There she focused on ballet and contemporary.  At Jefferson High School, Azalie had the opportunity to explore a wide range of dance, including: tap, jazz, African, hip hop, and character. In her junior year she was asked to become the first apprentice to Tongue at Floor Center for Dance. Azalie is very excited to share her love of dance with students at CPPAC!

Board of Directors

Cristina Marino, President

Joseph Cirillo, Treasurer

Tiso Panapa, Secretary

Keola Morley, Director

Sylvia Allen, Director

Articles of Incorporation

Article 1. Name of Corporation.

The name of the corporation shall be Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective.

Article 2. Registered Agent.

The registered agent of the corporation shall be Cristina Marino.

Article 3. Address of Registered Agent.

10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland, OR 97203

Article 4. Address for Mailing Notices.

10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland, OR 97203

Article 5. Additional Provisions.

  1. Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to such organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal code.
  2. No part of the net earnings of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall inure to the benefit of, or be, distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.
  3. No substantial part of the activities of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing, or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  4. The personal liability of each member of the Board of Directors, each uncompensated officer of the corporation, for monetary or other damages, for conduct as a director or officer shall be eliminated to the fullest extent permitted by current or future law.
  5. An Executive Committee shall be formed with a majority vote of the current Board of Directors and be granted the authorization to veto Board actions, make ongoing decisions between Board meetings, and have the authority to make financial and budgetary decisions by a majority vote of Executive Committee members.

Article 6. Type of Corporation.

Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be a Public Benefit Corporation.

Article 7. Will the Corporation Have Members?


Article 8. Distribution of Assets on Dissolution.

Upon dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the court of appropriate jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as that court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Article 9. Incorporators.

The incorporators of the corporation are as follow:

Cristina Marino, 10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland OR 97203

Joseph Cirillo, 10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland OR 97203

Audrey Voon, 9943 North Edison Street, Portland OR 97203

Article 10. Execution.

Signature: ________________________________________

Print Name: _______________________________________

Signature: ________________________________________

Print Name: _______________________________________

Signature: ________________________________________

Print Name: _______________________________________

Article 11. Contact Name.

Cristina Marino

Phone: 971-645-2834




ARTICLE I Purposes of the Corporation


Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, religious, and educational purposes. Subject to the limitations stated in the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of this corporation shall be to engage in any lawful activities, none of which are for profit, for which corporations may be organized under Chapter 65 of the Oregon Revised Statutes (or its corresponding future provisions).


Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective’s primary purpose shall be to offer high quality music, ensemble, and theatre arts programs that promote self-determination in youth and adults.


ARTICLE II Membership


This corporation shall have no members.


ARTICLE III Board of Directors


Section 1. Duties.

The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors.


Section 2. Number and Qualifications.

The number of Directors may vary between a minimum of three and a maximum of nine.


Section 3. Term and Election.

The term of office for Directors shall be three years. A Director may be reelected without limitation on the number of terms she or he may serve. The board shall elect its own members, except that a Director shall not vote on that member’s own position.   


Section 4. Removal.

Any Director may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the Directors then in office.


Section 5. Vacancies.


Vacancies on the Board of Directors and newly created Board positions shall be filled by a majority vote of the Directors then on the Board of Directors.  


Section 6. Quorum and Action.

A quorum at a board meeting shall be a majority of the number of Directors prescribed by the Board, or if no number is prescribed, a majority of the number in office immediately before the meeting begins.  If a quorum is present, action is taken by a majority vote of the directors present, except as otherwise provided by these Bylaws.  Where the law requires a majority vote of the directors in office to establish committees to exercise Board functions, to amend the Articles of Incorporation, to sell the assets not in the regular course of business, to merge, or to dissolve, or for other matters, such action is taken by that majority as required by law.


Section 8. Regular Meetings.


Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors.  No other notice of the date, time, place, or purpose of these meetings is required.


Section 8. Special Meetings.


Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors.  Notice of such meetings, describing the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting, shall be delivered to each Director personally or by telephone or by mail or by email not less than two days prior to the special meeting.


Section 9. Alternative Meeting Venue.


Any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors may be conducted through use of any means of communication by which all Directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting.


Section 10. No Salary.


Directors shall not receive salaries for their Board services but may be reimbursed for expenses related to Board service.


Section 11. Action by Consent.


Any  action required or permitted by law to be taken at a meeting of the board may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken or so taken, shall be signed by all the Directors.


ARTICLE IV Committees


Section 1. Executive Committee.


The Board of Directors may elect an Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall have the authority to make on-going decisions between Board meetings and shall have the authority to make financial and budgetary decisions.


Section 2. Other Committees.


The Board of Directors may establish such other committees as it deems necessary and desirable.  Such committees may exercise the authority of the Board of Directors or may be advisory committees.


Section 3. Composition of Committees Exercising Board Authority.


Any committee that exercises any authority of the Board of Directors shall be composed of two or more Directors, elected by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the Directors prescribed by the Board, or if no number is prescribed, of all the Directors in office at that time.


Section 4. Quorum and Action.


A quorum at a Committee meeting exercising Board authority shall be a majority of all Committee members in office immediately before the meeting begins.  If a quorum is present, action is taken by a majority vote of Directors present.


Section 5. Limitations on the Powers of Committees.


No committee may authorize payment of a dividend or any part of the income or profit of the corporation to its directors or officers; may approve dissolution, merger, or the sale, pledge, or transfer of all or substantially all of the corporation’s assets; may elect, appoint, or remove directors or fill vacancies on the Board or on any of its committees; nor may adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles, Bylaws, or any resolution by the Board of Directors.


ARTICLE V Officers


Section 1. Titles and Qualifications.


The officers of this corporation shall be the President and Secretary.  All officers of this corporation must be members of the Board of Directors.


Section 2. Election.


The Board of Directors shall elect the officers to serve one year terms.  An officer may be reelected without limitation on the number of terms the officer may serve.  Only members of the Board of Directors can be officers of this corporation.


Section 3. Vacancy.


A vacancy in any office shall be filled not later than the second regular meeting of the Board of Directors following the vacancy.


Section 4. Other Officers.


The Board of Directors may elect or appoint other officers, agents and employees as it shall deem necessary and desirable. They shall hold their offices for such terms and have such authority and perform such duties as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.


Section 5. President.


The President shall be the chief officer of the corporation and shall act as the Chair of the Board.


The President shall have the overall responsibility for all corporate funds. The President shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors; (b) disbursement of all funds when proper to do so.


The President shall have any other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.


Section 6. Secretary.


The Secretary shall have overall responsibility for all recordkeeping. The Secretary shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) official recording of minutes of all proceedings of the Board of Directors meetings and actions; (b) provision for notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors; (c) authentication of the records of the corporation; and (d) any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

In addition, the Secretary shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping full and accurate accounts of all financial records of the corporation; (b) making financial reports as to the financial condition of the corporation to the Board of Directors; and (c) any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.     


ARTICLE VI Corporate Indemnity


This corporation will indemnify to the fullest extent not prohibited by law any person who is made or threatened to be made a party to an action, suit, or other proceeding, by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director or officer of the corporation or a fiduciary within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (or its corresponding future provisions) with respect to any employee benefit plan of the corporation. No amendment to this Article that limits the corporation’s obligation to indemnify any person shall have any effect on such obligation for any act or omission that occurs prior to the later of the effective date of the amendment or the date notice of the amendment is given to the person.  The corporation shall interpret this indemnification provision to extend to all persons covered by its provisions the most liberal possible indemnification-substantively, procedurally, and otherwise.   


ARTICLE VII Amendment to Bylaws


These Bylaws may be amended or repealed, and new Bylaws adopted, by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of Directors present, if a quorum is present. Prior to the adoption of the amendment, each Director shall be given at least two days notice of the date, time, and place of meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered, and the notice shall state that one of the purposes of the meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the Bylaws and shall contain a copy of the proposed amendment.


DATE ADOPTED: ____09/03/15____


I certify that these bylaws are a true copy of the bylaws of this corporation.




__________________________________ DATE: _________________


What is the purpose of the Board of Directors?

Represent the CPPAC in support of its mission, vision, and goals. The Board works on behalf of the Executive and Artistic Directors, student body, and volunteers of the organization through efficient and ethical governance.

How many Directors are there?

Currently, the CPPAC Board of Directors is comprised of 5 individuals (President/Interim Treasurer, Secretary, and 2 members-at-large). The number of Directors can change, but will not be less than 3 individuals.

What is the commitment for Directors?

This is a working Board of Directors. Directors are expected to attend a monthly Board Meeting and contribute their field of expertise (i.e. grants, budgeting, music/performance, instruction, etc.).  Directors might also be called to attend emergency or impromptu meetings.  In addition, Directors are asked to volunteer at annual fundraisers, student recitals, and other community events.  Term for Board members is 3 years.

When are the Board meetings?

Weekend mornings September-December and January-June; generally 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00 am. Day/time/location will be confirmed preceding each board meeting.

What are the Benefits?

This is an unpaid Board of Directors. The benefits include community participation, networking, volunteering, and making a difference in the community in which you live. Directors help all members of the community access the performing arts regardless of income.



Responsibilities and Qualifications:

1) Minimum Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in minimum 8 out of 10 monthly Board Meetings;
  • Attend and participate in planning for annual fundraiser;
  • Participate in ad hoc Board committees;
  • Attend and participate in the volunteer appreciation night;
  • Participate/staff tabling events (at least 1 per year)

2) Attendance and Schedule:

  • Arrive on time to scheduled meetings;
  • Be reasonably accessible to Executive & Artistic Directors and other Board members

3) Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent Communication Skills;
  • Ability to attend monthly meetings (1st Saturday of each month);
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible

4) Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of program/project budgeting
  • Experience in grant-writing/fundraising
  • Experience in nonprofit and/or arts organizations
  • Event-planning
  • Experience working in educational setting



The Board of Directors’ Elections Committee will:

Review resume and cover letter;

Conduct interview;

Facilitate an orientation process

Important Dates to remember:

see organizational calendar



Expect to receive email with information about accepting nomination and next Board meeting.  Nominees participate in an orientation at their first Board meeting.



A Director’s term could terminate before it expires if:

  • Director resigns;
  • Director is absent for 3 consecutive board meetings (unless excused);
  • Director is recalled

A Director shall not have any conflicts of interest with the organization as defined by CPPAC’s bylaws.  

A Director maintains any legal liability in their actions. They can’t be negligent of their responsibility to Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective.

Thank You to Our Generous Community Partners!